Grace Lutheran Church and School


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Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 23, 2018

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December 23, 2018
Holy Communion at 8:30 and 11am

Prayer of the Day
Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. With your abundant grace and might, free us from the sin that binds us, that we may receive you in joy and serve you always, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Scripture readings
Micah 5:2-5a
Luke 1:46b-55
Hebrews 10:5-10
Luke 1:39-55]


"Visitation Reverberations"
Luke 1:39-55
We’re almost there! Christmas is just around the corner. The world is pregnant with possibility. So, too, are Elizabeth and Mary. The Forerunner and the Messiah grow in their wombs, nourished and nurtured by their mothers’ love. The new world is about to burst forth, a world in which God’s reign will fall upon the earth. So what does Mary do? She sings! She picks up the ancient song of Hannah and makes it her own, weaving the old story of God’s power and love into the brand new melody that is Jesus, in whom all discord and dissonance will cease. Still her song echoes across the centuries, stirring us to faith, inviting us to pick up the tune.



Entrance Hymn LBW 34 Oh, Come, Oh, Come, Emmanuel
Hymn of the Day LBW 86 The Only Son From Heaven
Distribution hymn LBW 198 Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
Sending hymn LBW 30 Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
LBW     Lutheran Book of Worship
WOV    With One Voice

In our prayers we remember Navajo Lutheran Mission.

Education hour at 9:45am

Sunday School,  Pre-Confirmation and  Confirmation classes meet in their regular locations.

2018-19 Faith Formation Calendar

Adult Education

Religion Books of 2018
Elizabeth Palmer, Book Review Editor, 
The Christian Century

Elizabeth Palmer will talk about her work and the important books in religion published in the past year..

The Sunday morning Bible study group meets in the conference room.

The Grace Church Library is open and staffed on Sundays from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Look for books related to Adult Ed topics as well as many other subjects. The library is also open for self-service during the week.


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